Trek news is coming fast this week. Since the release of images of Nero and his pointed ears, it is no longer a spoiler that Romulans are the new Star Trek bad guys, but what about the Klingons? In a new interview JJ Abrams explains why. Plus, in totally unrelated, but still Star Trek film news, Intel has updated their partnership site, including new Kelvin wallpaper images.
Klingons are ubiquitous in Star Trek movies and were the primary or secondary villains in most of them. In one case (Star Trek III) the studio made the film makers change the originally planned Romulan villains into Klingons because it was believed mainstream audiences expect Klingons.
Empire Magazine attended the recent UK Star Trek preview (see their report), but today they added some additional comments given to them by JJ Abrams and why he prefers Romulan bad guys for his Trek [minor spoilers]:
Part of the fact is that they hadn’t seen them for so many years, so that it immediately breaks, for anyone who knows, the rules of Trek to start the movie and have Romulans crossing paths with Starfleet. It jumps in breaking the rules, which I think is kind of fun. That’s not to say it’s not explained and it’s not consistent with canon, given our story, but it felt like we had seen so many iterations of Klingons done that this felt like a way to do something in the familiar vernacular but not so familiar that it felt overdone.
However fans of Klingons, do not despair, Abrams also tells Empire that fans should expect to see some Klingons, although apparently a subplot involving them was removed. More details at Empire.
Intel update with more to come
Back in July at Comic Con, Intel launched a partnership site (boldlygo.intel.com) with Paramount to promote their products and Star Trek. Today the site has been updated with some new animations as well as some new wallpapers of the USS Kelvin. There are now four areas identified to be explored
- USS Kelvin (notes ‘docking soon;)
- Starfleet Database (trailer and image gallery)
- Technology (pitches Intel products)
- Recruitment (sign up for updates)
The two new Kelvin images are in the Starfleet Database. It looks like this is a site to keep an eye on.